Amy Stanley: Stranger in The Shogun's City (A Glencoe Public Library Event)

Escape with us to world of 19th Century Japan with a vivid, exploration into the life of a strong-willed, radical woman!

This is Glencoe Public Library Zoom event. Registration is required; you can do so here.

About the BookStranger in the Shogun’s City tells the story of Tsuneno, an unconventional and fearless heroine and protagonist. The daughter of a Buddhist priest, Tsuneno was born in a rural Japanese village and was expected to live a traditional life much like her mother’s. But after three divorces—and a temperament much too strong-willed for her family’s approval—she ran away to make a life for herself in one of the largest cities in the world: Edo, a bustling metropolis at its peak. With Tsuneno as our guide, we experience the drama and excitement of Edo just prior to the arrival of American Commodore Perry’s fleet, which transformed Japan. During this pivotal moment in Japanese history, Tsuneno bounces from tenement to tenement, marries a masterless samurai, and eventually enters the service of a famous city magistrate. Tsuneno’s life provides a window into 19th-century Japanese culture—and a rare view of an extraordinary woman who sacrificed her family and her reputation to make a new life for herself, in defiance of social conventions.

About the Author: Amy Stanley is an associate professor of history at Northwestern University. She lives in Evanston, Illinois, with her husband and two children, but Tokyo will always be her favorite city in the world.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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Stranger in the Shogun's City: A Japanese Woman and Her World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501188527
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Scribner - July 14th, 2020

A vivid, deeply researched work of history that explores the life of an unconventional woman during the first half of the 19th century in Edo—the city that would become Tokyo—and a portrait of a great city on the brink of a momentous encounter with the West.

The daughter of a Buddhist priest, Tsuneno was born in a rural Japanese village and was expected to live a traditio